The lawyer representing a Northamptonshire family left with life-changing injuries as a result of a dangerous driver says no prison sentence can undo the permenant damage caused to their lives
Andrew Nay, aged 39, of Weldon, near Corby, was jailed for four-and-a-half years yesterday after he was convicted of causing a crash on the A509 near Wellingborough that left two young girls paralysed.
The crash was captured on a dashcam of Roberts Rabais’s Vauxhall Signum, which was hit by Nay’s company Jaguar Land Rover after he made a dangerous right hand turn in front of oncoming traffic because he was chasing a Mazda car.
As a result of the crash, Roberts Rabais suffered a fractured shoulder blade, bruised chest, torn muscles in his arm, nerve damage to left hand and has to take painkillers daily. Mrs Raiba suffered a fractured left arm and nerve damage to his wrist,
The two young girls both suffered spinal cord injuries and will be in wheelchairs for the rest of their lives.
Richard Langton, a serious injury specialist from law firm Slater and Gordon, who is representing the family in a civil action, said the footage had been released by the family because it sent a “powerful message”.
He said: “The horrifying footage from this crash captures the moment two little girls were left paralysed for life. Tragically, they will never walk again.
“That is why their parents, who were also injured, have agreed to release it to the public in a bid to show the devastating consequences of such reckless, dangerous driving.
“Nay showed a total disregard for other people on the roads that day and these two innocent children paid the price. Their world has been turned upside down. He will serve time behind bars for his crime, but sadly no sentence can undo the damage caused.
“The footage is shocking to watch, but it sends a powerful message. Road rage destroys lives.”
During a sentencing hearing at Northampton Crown Court on Friday, Nay’s lawyer Marcus Kraehling-Smith said his client was “truly sorry” for the hurt he had caused.
In his own words, Nay said: “Never did I intend to cause the accident or to cause so much pain and upset. It has upset me greatly.
“I wake up knowing what I have done and hate myself. I wish I could change things.
“I know these words don’t help but I’m truly sorry for everything.”
Mr Kraehling-Smith said his client had lost his job as a manager at Jaguar Land Rover and would also lose his house.
Nay is likely to serve two years in three months in jail and then the rest of his jail term on licence.
Her Honour Judge Adrienne Lucking QC, sentencing, said she had been bound by the maximum five-year sentence for causing serious injury by dangerous driving. The maximum jail sentence for causing death by dangerous driving is 13 years.
Nay was banned from driving for four years, starting when he comes out of prison. He was also ordered to pay £2,800 court costs.
The family is pursuing a civil action for compensation against Nay’s insurers, who were his former employers Jaguar Land Rover.